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Ruth Richmond

Over the years I have sold quite a few homes built by Richmond Homes. Some were in Sarasota, some in Nokomis, some in Venice and some on Siesta Key. So what is the story about Richmond Homes? Well Ruth Richmond was an interior designer and a general contractor. She was born in Brooklyn New York in 1912 and she studied art and advertising in New York City. Ruth and her husband Larry built thousands of homes in Sarasota Florida and the surrounding areas from the 1950’s through the 1970’s. In 1976 one of their models was noted in “Newsweek” magazine as one of the best home values in the country. While helping her husband prepare to take the test to become a licensed general contractor in Florida, Richmond decided to take the test herself...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Real Estate Investing

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Despite the grim economic outlook for some industries, one sector is gaining viability — real estate. According to the 2016 Emerging Trends in Real Estate, which was released by the Urban Land Institute earlier this year, trends such as “18-hour cities” and millennial parents increasing moving from urban areas out into the suburbs signal that real estate as an industry is gaining strength every passing day in 2016. One lending officer at a large financial institution even went to far as to say that “the next 24 months look doggone good for real estate.”

These trends means that real estate is a smart place to make an investment and grow your wealth...

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Top 10 FAQs on Recycling at Your Home in Sarasota County

Top 10 FAQs on Recycling at Your Home in Sarasota CountyRecycling Bins Sarasota County Florida

By Beverly Z Bowen and John Schnackenberg

  1. Do I have to recycle?

Yes, it is mandatory in Sarasota County. It is paid for in the part of our property taxes called non ad-valorem.

  1. When do I put the recycle bins out?

Recyclable items go to the curb on the same day as your garbage and yard waste. They should be curbside by 6 AM on your collection day. To find out your day, call 941.861.5000 or go to

  1. Do I have to remove the labels from the jars and cans?

No you do not have to remove the labels. Just lightly rinse all containers.

  1. How do I get recycling bins if there aren’t any at my house or if they are in bad shape?

Call Waste Management at 941.493.4100

  1. What goes in the red containe...

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How to Amp Up The Resale Value of Your Home

How to Amp Up the Resale Value of Your HomeWhether you’re putting your home on the market this year or in the next five years, it is a smart decision to start building your home’s resale value now. Here are some ways to create a comfortable home while making it easier to put more money into your bank account on closing day.

Small Maintenance and Repairs

If you think that home maintenance on the weekends waste your time and energy, think again. The small chores you do around your home prevents it from losing value. Neglecting small maintenance and repairs causes 10% of your home’s value to walk out your door and slip through your windows. Most appraisers claim that homes showing little to no preventative maintenance can depreciate from $15,000 to $20,000.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut and Syracuse...

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How to Buy a Home: 7 Tips and Tricks from Real Estate Insiders

PA - March 2016 - Digital Marketing Campaign - Social Media ImageNo matter if you’re in a buyer’s or seller’s market, there are a few critical steps you can take to make a smarter purchase. Since buying a home is likely the biggest single investment you will ever make, being prepared will help you make a better purchase. Here are our best tips to buying a home.

Know your buying power

What is your buying power? It is the combination of your credit-worthiness and how much you can realistically pay for a home.

First, you need to understand the hidden costs of buying a home. You will need to save not only for the down payment of your home — which is typically between 10% – 20% of the offer price — but also for any additional transaction fees, such as transfer tax, PMI, title insurance, and legal fees.

Then you need to know what you can realistically a...

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Do you know someone struggling to get a loan?

house_keysA new path to home ownership.

The housing market has been through some tough times and our market has improved greatly. However there are still people who want to buy a home yet they have had recent short sales or other situations that make it difficult to get a loan. There is a new exciting program that may help! We help you get approved, and we help you select the home you are interested in. The next step is that the home gets purchased and leased to you until you are ready to buy it. The purchase price is pre-determined and you have up to 5 years to purchase it at anytime.

A few of the more important benefits are that you get to choose your home, you get to live in it, you have the option of buying it or not buying it and you know what the price will be ahead of time...

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